Covid update - Wednesday

22nd September 2021
As I flagged in my post late yesterday, today's numbers have unfortunately increased sharply. There were 45 new cases reported in the Hunter Region in the
¿ COVID UPDATE - 11.10am Wednesday September 22
¿ As I flagged in my post late yesterday, today's numbers have unfortunately increased sharply. There were 45 new cases reported in the Hunter Region in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. These new cases take the total number in the local outbreak to 521.
¿¿ 19 are from Lake Macquarie LGA
- 4 in Toronto
- 4 in Cooranbong
- 3 in Mirrabooka
- 2 in Woodrising
- 1 in Mount Hutton
- 1 in Wangi Wangi
- 1 in Booragul
- 1 in Edgeworth
- 1 in Windale
- 1 in Blackalls Park
¿¿ 20 are from Newcastle LGA
- 4 in Newcastle
- 3 in Wallsend
- 3 in Birmingham Gardens
- 2 in Newcastle East
- 1 in Mayfield
- 1 in New Lambton
- 1 in Merewether
- 1 in Waratah
- 1 in Hamilton
- 1 in Mayfield East
- 1 in Bar Beach
- 1 in Wallsend South
¿¿ 3 are from Maitland LGA
- 1 in Metford
- 1 in Ashtonfield
- 1 in Green Hills
¿¿ 2 are from Cessnock LGA
- 1 in North Rothbury
- 1 in Weston
¿¿ 1 is from Port Stephens LGA
- 1 in Tanilba Bay
(All current exposure sites are on the link below. If a suburb is not on the list, it simply has no current exposure sites)
¿ STATUS AND CLOSE CONTACTS: Of those 45 new cases, 28 are linked, 10 are unlinked and 7 are still under investigation.
In total, 29 were infectious in the community, 10 were isolating while infectious and 6 are still under investigation.
We now have 804 close contacts in the local area who are in isolation.
¿ ACTIVE: There are currently 342 active cases in the local region.
¿ 11 local people are being cared for in hospital. None are
in ICU.
¿ EXPOSURE SITES: New exposure sites include the newsagency and butchery at Toronto and sites at Windale, Mayfield, Edgeworth, Glendale, Cameron Park and Beresfield. More details on the new sites and a link to the full list of exposure sites can be found on my website HERE.
¿ STATEWIDE: There were 1035 new cases reported throughout NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Sadly, another five deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours.
¿ There have been 260 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 316 in total since the start of the pandemic. There have been 49,082 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.
¿ HOSPITALISATIONS: There are now 1232 people currently being treated for Covid-19 in NSW hospitals, with 242 in ICU and 122 requiring ventilators.
¿ PRIORITY VACCINATIONS: Priority vaccination appointments are available at the Belmont vaccination hub for health care workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, school and child care staff, Year 12 students and pregnant women. To book (or to bring an existing priority appointment forward), phone 1800 570 575 or send an email to:
¿ VACCINATION RATES: Across NSW, 83 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 54.2 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Monday 20 September 2021.
¿ TESTING: Testing rates in the Hunter region remain worrying low. Please don't be complacent. If you experience any symptoms, please get tested as a precaution.
¿ QUESTIONS: Please see my Facebook or Website pages for answers to frequently asked questions. Service NSW also has a 24/7 hotline where people are available to answer questions. You can reach them on 13 77 88.
¿ STAY SAFE, stay vigilant, and stay home unless you absolutely have to go somewhere.

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